Multiple Use Planning and Development Issues of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Scope: 

The Blue Ridge Parkway was originally created as a tool for economic aid during the Great Depression era.  Construction began in 1935, creating thousands of jobs for the people of the Appalachian region. Since its creation, the Parkway has been the focus of multiple planning issues primarily geared at the aesthetics of the land, development issues, promotion of tourism as an economic tool, cultural/heritage preservation and environmental/ecological concerns.  Often times, the various “uses” of the Parkway cause a conflict of priorities for the parties involved in the planning process.  The purpose of this Pathfinder is to facilitate research of the multiple uses of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s resources and how these varied planning issues can (or cannot) coexist.

Introductory Text: 

Buxton, Barry M. and Steven M. Beatty. Blue Ridge Parkway:  Agent of Transition. Proceedings of the Blue Ridge Parkway Golden Anniversary Conference. Boone, NC: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1986. APP COLL F217.B6 B585

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 
  • Blue Ridge Parkway- (NC and VA)
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Association
  • Land use- Appalachian region, Southern
  • Land use- Virginia—planning
  • Land use- rural
  • Landscape architecture- Blue Ridge Parkway (NC and VA)
  • Landscape- Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Landscape protection- Blue Ridge Parkway (NC and VA)
  • Community development- US
  • Rural development- US
  • Environmental aspects- Blue Ridge Parkway (NC and VA)
  • Blue Ridge Parkway (NC and VA)- description and travel
  • Blue Ridge Parkway (NC and VA)- directories
  • Blue Ridge Parkway region (NC and VA)- tours
  • Automobile travel- Blue Ridge Parkway Region (NC and VA)
  • Outdoor recreation- Virginia—planning
  • Linn Cove Viaduct (NC)
  • Fisher Peak (NC and VA)
  • Moses H. Cone Estate (Watauga County, NC)
  • Blowing Rock (NC)
  • Appalachian Power Company
  • Electric lines- environmental aspects
  • Electric power transmission- VA
  • Parkways- VA
  • National parks and reserves- VA
  • Archeology- Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Shenandoah National Park region (VA)- tours
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park region (NC and TN)- tours
  • Highway planning- (VA)—Bedford County
  • Highway planning- (VA)—Franklin County
  • Highway planning- (VA)—Roanoke County
Clipping Files Subject Headings - W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Linn Cove Viaduct
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • F217.B6
  • F232, 262
  • TA181
  • TG 425
  • TK3221
  • GV 199, 1024, 1045
Books: 

Hall, Karen J. and the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blue Ridge  Parkway.Chicago: Arcadia, 2005.  ASU APP COLL F217.B6 H26

Hall, Karen, J. and the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Building the Blue Ridge Parkway. Chicago: Arcadia, 2007. ASU APP COLL F217. B6 H262

Whisnant, Anne Mitchell. Super-scenic Motorway: a Blue Ridge Parkway History. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. ASU APP COLL F217. B6 W47

Blue Ridge Parkway Project. Conservation Trust for North Carolina. Raleigh, NC: Conservation Trust for North Carolina, 2008.  ASU APP COLL F262 .B6 B58

Jolley, Harley E. Blue Ridge Parkway: The First Fifty Years. Boone, NC: America. Boone, NC:  Appalachian Consortium Press, 1980. ASU APP COLL F217.B6 L54.
Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985. ASU APP COLL F217.B6 J6

Jolley, Harley E. Painting with a Comet’s Tail:  The Touch of the Landscape Architect on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Boone, NC:  Appalachian Consortium Press, 1987.  ASU APP COLL F217.B6 J63.

Jolley, Harley E. The Blue Ridge Parkway. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee         
Press, 1969.  ASU APP COLL F217.B6 J6.

Liles, Granville. The Blue Ridge Parkway:  A Unique Part of Rural

Noe, Francis P. and William E. Hammitt. Visual Preferences of Travelers Along the Blue
Ridge Parkway. United States Government Printing Office, 1988. ASU APP COLL F217.B6 V57.

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Blue Ridge Parkway Directory and Travel Planner. Asheville, NC: Blue Ridge Parkway      
Association, 2007. ASU APP COLL F217.B6 B584

The Blue Ridge Parkway Directory. Asheville, NC: Blue Ridge Parkway Association,
1996.  ASU APP COLL F217.B6 B584

Logue, Victoria, Frank Logue and Nicole Blouin. Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Birmingham, AL: Menasha Ridge Press, 2003. ASU APP COLL F217. B6 L56

Adkins, Leonard M. Walking the Blue Ridge. A Guide to the Trails of the Blue Ridge
Parkway. Chapel Hill, NC The University of North Carolina Press, 1992. ASU APP COLL GV199.42.B65 A34.

Clark, David. Blue Ridge Facts and Legends. Charlotte, NC: Clark Publishing
Company, ASU APP COLL F217.B6 C54.

Lord, William G.  The Blue Ridge Parkway Guide. Asheville, NC: The Stephens Press,
Inc., 1962-1963 ASU APP COLL F217.B6 L6 Sections A-D.

Mountain and Meadowlands Along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Office of Publications-
National Park Service US Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., 1975. ASU APP COLL QH104.5.B5 B34.

Whisnant, Anne Mitchell. “Blue Ridge Parkway.” Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Rudy
Abramson and Jean Haskell (eds.) Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee Press, 2006. ASU APP COLL F106. E53

Ireland, Robert E. and Marcus B Simpson Jr. “Blue Ridge Parkway.” Encyclopedia of
North Carolina.  William S. Powel (ed.) Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. ASU APP COLL E254. E54

Bibliographies: 

Appalachian Bibliography. Morgantown, W.VA: West Virginia University Library, 1968,
1972, 1980.  ASU APP COLL Z1251.A7 A6

Appalachian Outlook. A periodic bibliography. Morgantown, W.VA: West Virginia
University Library, 1964-1991.  ASU APP COLL Z1251.A7 A55. (note:  Appalachian Outlook is a supplement to the Appalachian Bibliography)

Abstracts and Indices: 

ABSTRACTS AND INDICES which contain reference to development issues of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Online abstract databases and resources including:

America: History and Life
Dissertation Abstracts
Environmental Sciences and Pollution management
GeoBase
GeoRef
Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life
MLA
Papers First
WorldCat

Journals: 

Liles, Granville. “The Blue Ridge Parkway: Some Personal Notes on its Early History.”     
Appalachian Journal vol. 4, no. 2 (1977): 175-179. ASU APP COLL F216 .2 .A66

Appalachian Journal. Boone, NC. Appalachian Consortium Press. Volume 24, number 2,
Winter, 1997.ASU APP COLL F216.2 A66

Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association. Johnson City, TN: Center for
Appalachian Studies and Services, East Tennessee State University. V4, 1992. ASU APP COLL F217.A65 J68

National Parks.  ASU Bound Periodicals, serial v 51-, 1981-

Websites: 

National Park Service. “Blue Ridge Parkway.” US Department of Interior. http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm(accessed October 6, 2009)

Blue Ridge Parkway Association. “The Blue Ridge Parkway: Experience Americas Favorite Drive.” http://www.blueridgeparkway.org (accessed October 6, 2009)

Other Sources: 

Williams, Richard. The Regional Impact of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.
Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1981.  ASU APP COLL MicF 369.

Linear Parks Conference. Boone, NC:  Appalachian Consortium Press, published biennial 1985-.  ASU APP COLL SB481.A2 L55

Compiled by: 

Compiler: Traci S. Malone, 9 November 1998

Updated by: 

UPDATED: Ashley Brewer, 8 October 2009